In my hometown in New England, we always had an event in mid-December called the « Christmas Stroll ». It was a a time for the residents and those of neighboring towns to come and enjoy together the Christmas ambiance that was always so well exemplified in the decorations. The town (a village really) had a tiny little central « place » that housed the tall Christmas tree and the crèche de noël, and all the black and white façades of the boutiques on Main Street were spruced up with fir greens and red bows with pretty little white lights to accentuate the falling snowflakes that always arrived just in time. The shops opened late for the Christmas stroll and served or sold their best and most festive holiday wares. It was a place to run into your old school teacher, or meet up with past classmates, see old high school pals or towns people that you know and recognize for years.
While that may never happen to me ever in Paris, I did get to experience a different, perhaps more glamorous type of Christmas stroll and although there was no small town charm or reminiscing, there was plenty of holiday cheer and happiness shared between me and a darling friend who was enjoying it all for the first time. I couldn’t have felt a warmer Christmas glow if I had been at the foot of that New England village Christmas Christmas tree. Read more →
As I was running some errands the other day around Montmartre, I stumbled upon the most darling little cobblestone street that I had never seen before.
Set right off of the boulevard de Clichy, it is an absolute haven of calm and charm nestled amongst the chaos and bustling of Pigalle and the red light district. I was enchanted immediately and took a few minutes to stroll up it, take some photos and imagine what might have hapened here over a hundred years ago or more…
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Sometimes friends will email me and ask for advice on what to do with a long layover in Paris. Or better yet, some friends will deliberately schedule a long layover, just to get a « Paris fix » (it’s like a drug you know)! If it were me, I would certainly schedule a long layover, but I live here so I am lucky to have Paris in my life very day…even the bad days.
Merci to Lucy Miller for the fabulous graphic!
But I am a big fan of fun 24 hour layovers in order to get a glimpse of a city or see a friend, so I have teamed up with CitizenM hotel to bring you the best of Prête-Moi Paris in a 24 hour plan of indulgence in all things Parisian.
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A friend took me this past summer to the newest fanciest place to dine in town, to celebrate my good news that Chéri and I are expecting a baby!
L’Oiseau Blanc at the new ultra luxury hotel Le Peninsula.
It was such a wonderful way to feel toasted and cared for with the most luxurious service, beautiful food and setting and a view to die for! Read more →
Article by Scott Sallée
We visited the Taittinger Caves recently in Reims, a short 45 minute TGV away from Paris Gare de l’Est.
Three tasting options are available after the tour – the Brut Réserve, the Brut Réserve followed by the Rosé, the Prélude Cuvée Grands Crus, or the recently released Millésimé 2006, and the Brut Réserve followed by the fleuron of the Maison, the Comtes de Champagne 2004.
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About a year ago I modeled for a wedding inspiration photo shoot at the Pontarmé castle, for my friend Frédérique who is a wedding planner and creator of magic. Now she has put together a fabulous wedding event at that very same castle with me on the poster! Eeeeeee!
Imagine a weekend of everything « French wedding ». The idea is to hold an intimate event that comes from Frédérique’s desire to put elegance and French charm at center stage. The wedding scene has changed quite a bit in France over the past few years and French weddings although enriched by the « Americanized » style of wedding planning still holds on to a savoir faire in hosting receptions. The art of receiving à la française. And what better place to do so than a magical French château full of that je-ne-sais-quoi that the French are so capable of creating to make any event the epitome of graceful style. Read more →
I was invited in September to a fantastic soirée at the Bofinger brasserie that I have blogged about before (a few years ago). Amongst a slew of Parisian bloggers I was excited to be able to taste some of the options from their new Fall-Winter menu.
(Pour les francophone, voici quelques blogs en français sur le sujet : auhasard.fr, bambiaparis, ParisianShoeGals, Eloàlabouche, YuYuFashionBook, RaphALaVanille) and for a collection of the tweets and instagrams check out Storify.
Not just a well presented dinner, the event was a fun and involved one. The lovely ladies who organised the event had us rate our favorites as the procession of food progressed, and we all got to participate in a food preparation lesson for one of the courses. Read more →
It was a cosy and charming party at Treize Bakery, tucked away at the back of a darling courtyard on rue des Saints Pèeres. Friends and fellow Paris bloggers came to help toast to me and my blog. Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.
The party was sponsored by 5 amazing people whom I care about.
Laurel of Treize Bakery hosted us in all her hospitiable glory packed with her endless enthusiasm and warmpth. A true friend indeed, she also offered up a gift certificate for the free raffle at the end. Laurel I can’t thank you enough, you never cease to amaze me with your generosity. Read more →
Pastels and purple hues, mesh and asymetrics, Luis Buchinho wanted a fun carefree flirty collection for Spring 2015. The show I attened in September translated to me as sort of a fashion « multi-pass ».
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